Petersburg, VA consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the County Health Rankings for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Petersburg Wellness of Consortium (PWC) is a collaboration of local stakeholders with the goal of improving health outcomes for Petersburg. In order to support the PWC’s goal, this project explored how disparities in income and access to food, health care, and healthy options may relate to the health outcomes observed in Petersburg.

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JaiDa Robinson

Virginia State University, Counselor Education

Courtney Lawson

Virginia State University, Computer Science


Kyle Jacobs

Virginia State University, Agriculture

Mychala Walker

Virginia State University, Political Science

Reginald Toure

Virginia State University, Computer Science

Kyra Faison

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Environmental Science


Sarah Witiak

Associate Professor, Biology, Virginia State University

Brian Sayre

Professor, Biology, Virginia State University

Dong Yoo

Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, Virginia State University

Wei-Bang Chen

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Virginia State University

M. Omar Faison

Assistant Vice President, Research, Virginia State University


Petersburg Wellness Consortium